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Movie-specific songs later used for other movie soundtracks:
  1. “Across 110th Street” from Across 110th Street, later used in Jackie Brown
  2. “He Needs Me” from Popeye, later used in Punch-Drunk Love

Although I bet Shaft and Star Wars themes have been re-used more a few times, if only ironically.

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datapanik
Sep. 8th, 2004 04:11 pm (UTC)
More obscure example, "Singing in the Rain" first appeared in a 1929 musical, Broadway Melody (if I remember correctly), more than two decades before Gene Kelly performed a definitive version in the film named for it. It might have been used in another movie or two inbetween -- my memory is hazy on this. But it was at best a very minor classic before the 1952 movie. Different recordings, though, unlike your examples.

(How cool is the use of the Star Wars theme in Ferris Buehler's Day Off, though?!)
rpkrajewski
Sep. 9th, 2004 04:00 am (UTC)
Excellent call on “Singin' in the Rain,” – now that I recall the movie, it was about the rise of talkies in part, right ? So when you see that sequence in That's Entertainment you are essentially getting two layers of nostalgia !
datapanik
Sep. 9th, 2004 10:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, plus you have the fact that the movie is about the end of the era of silents and the start of talkies, and Singing in the Rain is (arguably) the last great MGM musical before the rock and roll era (and the rise of the next MGM musical star -- Elvis). So there's another layer to that film that no one making it likely ever expected.
explosivo
Sep. 8th, 2004 05:50 pm (UTC)
Secret Agent Man has been used in both Austin Powers and Bowfinger...

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